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Xperia 1 II US pre-order begins with two big questions

Xperia 1 II US pre-order begins with two big questions

Sony is far from done with the smartphone market and, unlike HTC, actually managed to put out a flagship phone this year. Of course, that doesn't necessarily mean that the Xperia 1 II will give the likes of the Galaxy S20 a run for their money but at least it exists. Soon, it will also be in the US market based on this first pre-order page that, sadly, makes the phone more of a mystery than ever before.

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Shiny Pokemon GO: The latest, best times to catch em all

Shiny Pokemon GO: The latest, best times to catch em all

The rarity of shiny Pokemon in Pokemon GO has been given a major update in the last few weeks - and the entire Pokemon universe has been given a jolt as a result. Pokemon GO has Shiny Pokemon available at rates far lower than they're in the wild in any other Pokemon game - save maybe Pokemon Quest. But now, here in 2020, as the world was plunged into global pandemic, Niantic changed a whole lot about how the Pokemon GO was played - and how easy it is to hunt.

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Android TV supports background audio streaming at last

Android TV supports background audio streaming at last

Android TV's latest update brings background Chromecast audio streaming to the platform. For most users, the idea that one might like to "cast" audio to one's TV wasn't much of an issue. If you were using the Spotify app for Android TV, you could've potentially sent your favorite songs to your television and listen to that song while other apps are open in the foreground - but now you can do it with all SORTS of music apps.

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Samsung made a Galaxy S20 TE just for the military

Samsung made a Galaxy S20 TE just for the military

The Galaxy S20 5G UW isn't the only new Samsung smartphone revealed this week, but don't expect to find the Galaxy S20 TE in any local phone stores. The new Tactical Edition version of the company's flagship is specifically made for the US Department of Defense (DoD) and the federal government, even if we could see its beefy build and special accessories being popular with a broader audience.

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Galaxy Note 20 leak tips major Samsung change of heart

Galaxy Note 20 leak tips major Samsung change of heart

Today a leak of camera array modules for the Samsung Galaxy Note 20 revealed some key details about the phone's photo prowess. The Galaxy Note 20 - assuming there is only one - will have what looks to be a periscope telephoto lens on its back, according to this leak. The leaked camera array also appears to roll with a pair of at least two other cameras, LED flash, one (of likely several) microphone holes, and a sensor that'll likely allow far quicker (and more accurate) focus than was delivered in the Galaxy Note 20.

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Google committed to Pixel and hardware, assures CEO Sundar Pichai

Google committed to Pixel and hardware, assures CEO Sundar Pichai

After a highly successful first Pixel phone launch and a more or less decent Pixel 2, Google's performance in the smartphone market has been anything but stellar. As a company notorious for making and then dropping even extremely expensive projects (hello Google Glass!), there have definitely been some concerns whether Google is in it for the long haul. Google and now also Alphabet CEO Sundar Pichai assures that the company is, but it might not be for the reasons Android faithful might have been hoping for.

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Google app on Android and iOS finally gets a dark mode

Google app on Android and iOS finally gets a dark mode

Google has been rather slow in jumping on the dark mode trend. That was true not just for Android itself but even truer for its mobile and Web apps. On the one hand, it's understandable that it would be cautious about breaking the user experience with a haphazard implementation. On the other hand, it's not really that understandable when it only rolls out that feature in bits and pieces across its apps. One of the last to get that is, ironically, its core Google mobile app but, as they say, better late than never.

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LG Stylo 6 brings a stylus-toting mid-range phone to Boost Mobile

LG Stylo 6 brings a stylus-toting mid-range phone to Boost Mobile

The combination of a coronavirus pandemic and the increasingly steep prices of premium phones may have forced many consumers to rethink their mobile lifestyle. In the US alone, first-quarter sales figures revealed that a Samsung mid-tier handset was, in fact, the best-selling phone for the first three months of 2020. Just in time for that sudden but perhaps temporary shift in buying trends, LG and Boost Mobile are launching the Stylo 6 for a pinch of affordable content consumption and creation.

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Pixel 4a to ditch Active Edge squeeze feature

Pixel 4a to ditch Active Edge squeeze feature

Google's Pixel "a" line is really all about compromises, practically asking how far users can go without high-end features just to get an affordable "pure" Android phone. Some might be fine without fancy radars but there are a few features that have become more or less a Pixel staple. One of those is the squeezable sides of the phone that has been around since 2017. It turns out, the Pixel 4a might be the first to launch without it even if the Pixel 3a still had it.

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Xiaomi MIUI 12 rolls out globally with a focus on privacy

Xiaomi MIUI 12 rolls out globally with a focus on privacy

While Huawei and to some extent ZTE are the current targets of extreme scrutiny, Chinese electronics companies have always carried the stigma, warranted or not, of having less than conscientious regard for customer privacy. Xiaomi itself has recently been dragged into the spotlight for some privacy lapses surrounding web browsing activity. It's no surprise, then, that with the rollout of its Android-based MIUI 12 experience it is also making privacy a headline before any of its other new features.

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Joe Rogan podcast a Spotify exclusive by end of 2020

Joe Rogan podcast a Spotify exclusive by end of 2020

One of the most popular podcasts in the world, The Joe Rogan Experience, will have a Spotify release date of September 1, 2020. At the end of the year, here in 2020, the Joe Rogan podcast will be available ONLY on Spotify. Joe Rogan's podcast will no longer be available through Apple Podcasts, Stitcher, Google Podcasts, or any other platform, at all.

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Facebook Shops attempts to take in “small businesses” once more

Facebook Shops attempts to take in “small businesses” once more

Today Facebook attempted again to get "small businesses" to jump onboard with a system called Facebook Shops. With this system, businesses will be able to sell items directly through Facebook or connect to their 3rd-party website. They're also introducing a more all-inclusive Instagram Shop experience in the very near future. Facebook suggested this is part of their effort to work more closely with partners like Shopify, BigCommerce, WooCommerce, ChannelAdvisor, CedCommerce, Cafe24, Tienda Nube, and Feedonomics.

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